5 Things We Learned During Miley Cyrus' 'Bangerz' Tour at Scottrade Center
Bryan Sutter Miley Cyrus has kicked "Hannah Montana" to the curb for good. See more photos here.
If last night's gleeful tongue wagging and enthusiastic dry humping were any indication, Miley Cyrus has definitely licked whatever ailed her this spring.
After cancelling her original April date due to hospitalization for an illness, Cyrus made good on her promise to make it up to St. Louis during last night's rescheduled "Bangerz" tour show at Scottrade Center. The former Disney star slid down a giant tongue, pranced around the stage and engaged her audience with passion, and though the show wasn't perfect, it certainly was amazing to see. From gyrating bears to shout-outs to her "hillbillies," Cyrus gave her all.
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There were plenty of things that stayed with us long after Cyrus finished the show with her star-spangled, rap-country version of "Party in the U.S.A.," the only nod to her Hannah Montana days. Below, check out five things that we're still thinking about long after the confetti cleared.
Choreography revolves around humping stuff.
Did you go into the show wanting to see Cyrus fuck a lot of things? You got your money's worth, then! Nothing was safe from Cyrus's pelvic thrusts. Not the windshield of the gold monster truck with spinners during "Love, Money, Party." Not the really hot shirtless dude in a giant bed during "Get It Right." Not the leg of the ceiling-high wolf-dog-statue-thing with glowing eyes during "Can't Be Tamed." Not the pink-braided Lily Allen, who joined Cyrus at the satellite stage at the back of the floor Allen's own "It's Not Fair." Not the person in the furry blue bulldog costume straight out of a demented Banana Splits during "On My Own." And certainly not the monstrous hot dog topped with a saddle and suspended on cables over the audience during "Someone Else."
Nope, Cyrus was an equal-opportunity humper.
That said, the choreography in general was outstanding. It's no easy feat to dance hard and sing out without going breathless, but Cyrus managed to do it, though her voice did waver a bit occasionally.
Her voice is weird.
Cyrus' voice on studio albums is a little divisive; that gulpy intonation with the southern twang isn't for everyone. But in a live setting, Cyrus' style became even more of a burden. Amplified to the highest degree, it was hard to miss how off-putting and flat her nasal tone was during "My Darlin'" and "Adore You." Cyrus' voice was quite strong, however, during "F U" and her cover of the Beatles' "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds."
Still, Cyrus' vocals needed to be turned way up; there were a number of songs where her words couldn't be heard over the bass or electronics or were muddied by the mix. It's impossible to expect perfect clarity in a show with so much going on, but it felt wrong that Cyrus was overshadowed by her band at many points.
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